Big Cats GB (BCGB)
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Non-Native Big Cat Identification....

This section does not claim that the non-native big cats identified below are living in the British Isles. What it aims to do is to identify what types of non-native big cats are reported to me by witnesses. They are ordered by the most frequently reported species first.

 

Please note that the overwhelming number of reports I receive are of Melanistic Leopard type animals.



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Melanistic Leopard:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Average life span in the wild: 12 to 15 years
Size: Head and body, 5 to 6 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m); tail, 27.5 to 36 in (70 to 91 cm)
Weight: 100 to 250 lbs (45 to 113 kg)
Protection status: Near Threatened

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Mountain Lion:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Head and body, 3.25 to 5.25 ft (1 to 1.6 m); Tail, 23.5 to 33.5 in (60 to 85 cm)
Weight: 136 lbs (62 kg)
Protection status: Endangered
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Leopard:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Head and body, 4.25 to 6.25 ft (1.3 to 1.9 m); tail, 3.5 to 4.5 ft (1.1 to 1.4 m)
Weight: 66 to 176 lbs (30 to 80 kg)
Protection status: Near Threatened
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Jaguar:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Average life span in the wild: 12 to 15 years
Size: Head & body, 5 to 6 ft (1.5 to 1.8 m); tail, 27.5 to 36 in (70 to 91 cm)
Weight: 100 to 250 lbs (45 to 113 kg)
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Ocelot:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Average life span in wild: 7 to 10 years
Size: 28 to 35 in (70 to 90 cm)
Weight: 24 to 35 lbs (11 to 16 kg)
Protection status: Threatened
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Lynx:

 

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Head & body, 32 to 40 in (80 to 100 cm); Tail, 4 to 8 in (10 to 20 cm)
Weight: 22 to 44 lbs (10 to 20 kg)
Protection status: Threatened
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